Why should I use white ink instead of black ink for a tattoo?


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White ink is less desirable to use for tattoos than black ink because it fades more quickly and requires more frequent touch-ups. While white ink tattoos have certain perceived benefits, they also bring other aesthetic risks that should be carefully considered by anyone planning on getting one.

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The main benefit of white ink tattoos is the glowing effect they give off under a black light, as well as their perceived subtlety under normal light. However, white ink tattoos produce good quality results on a narrower spectrum of skin types. The visual effect produced by white ink tattooing is less forgiving than black ink. People with freckles or redder skin tones may not achieve a successful result from white ink tattooing. Also, in many cases of white ink tattooing, the ink fades quickly - and the result is a strange, faded-looking image.

There is a skin disease said to produce an effect similar to some of the less desirable results of white ink tattooing called dermatographia. Dermatographia is a condition where skin infection, emotional upset and certain medications can cause swelling, inflammation, raised red lines, hive-like welts and itching. White ink looks beautiful when used by a professional to highlight a tattooed image, but tattooing in white ink alone brings several risks that a person should consider carefully before going under the needle.

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